Saturday, June 28, 2014

30

Ever study so much your head hurts? That's what I feel like right now. One month to go until I take my anesthesiology boards and I'm really trying to strike the perfect family/work/study balance, but I've been studying all day and need a break... Hubby and toddler are napping so I'm going to reminisce on the wonderfulness that was last weekend! 

Last weekend was quite eventful. Thursday, Jonathon and I had a romantic pre-30th birthday dinner at a nice restaurant downtown. Friday I turned 30 and had a low key birthday dinner with the family at my favorite restaurant Nantucket Grille. Saturday I "graduated" from Duke's Anesthesiology Residency and Sunday had a Birthday BBQ at Pullen Park.

Having my parents and siblings around for almost a week was so nice. Truly God has blessed me with an amazing family! I am currently having withdrawals and this past week poor Abby kept asking "where everybody go, mommy?" Bless her heart. She will get more of her loud and crazy African side in two weeks since she will be spending a month in Houston with the grandparents while I ramp up my board studying.

Took the Family for a walk/jog/run on the American Tobacco Trail. #fitfamily
Ekata and Abby picked fresh blueberries at Herndon Hills Farm and then used them to make blueberry muffins!
Cousins enjoying a summertime treat
Uncle Ose blowing bubbles for his nieces
Posing prior to my residence graduation at the Hope Valley Country Club. Without this guy my life would have been in shambles these past few years. I love him like a fat kid loves cake!
So thankful to our former cleaning lady turned great friend for helping me last minute and babysitting Abby and Ekata so the adults could all go to my graduation reception! 
Sister, Sister. Turn up, Turn up! Even though I have to make up my 6 week maternity leave I still enjoyed the graduation reception. August 11 I will officially be done with residency!
I'm telling you the Ohen Family is a fit family. Dad and big sister returning after their morning jog.
My favorite ladies setting up the feast for my birthday BBQ. I'm so thankful for all the wonderful friends I have made in Durham that showed up to celebrate my birthday with me. Special shout out to Temi a friend I made through this blog who has been my best friend here in Durham!
Pullen Park for my birthday last year and for my birthday this year. We love it so much we will be returning to celebrate my birthday there again next year!
Ekata and Abby had so much fun with all the Pullen Park amusements, from the playground to the carousel to the train and the boats. These precious girls had a blast!
My little family. Can't believe I'm no longer in my twenties, but I thank God for all his blessings in my life!
Mama Ohen insisted we take pictures so I obliged and made an appointment at the JCP portrait studio. The photographers there know the Mauriz family all too well and were excited to meet the extended family. A telling sign that Abby is the most photographed toddler in Durham!
Papa and Nene with two of their four grandchildren.
Blood is thicker than water.
Seriously we are a good looking bunch of siblings!
And last but not least I accomplished my goal of loosing 30 pounds by my 30th birthday!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 thus far...

I have missed blogging, but over the past few months I have also accomplished a lot of the goals I had set out to accomplish. My birthday is also next week and I'm only 1 pound away from losing 30 pounds by my 30th birthday! I still have my anesthesiology written board exam next month so I am constantly studying. The reason I decided to take some time and write this blog post is because I was recently contacted by two very nice readers just wanting to check up on me. I felt so touched and decided to do a quick post about what the Mauritz family has been up to!

February
Celebrated Abby's second birthday at the Little Gym of Durham and Chapel Hill
Abby had three valentines: Daddy and her two monkeys!
While Jonathon was out of town we got snowed in and made the best of it by making our first snowman, snow angel and sledding with a bougie board!
Celebrated Jonathon turning 30 with our besties from Church
Started potty training!
 March
Started our weekly Sunday evening family tradition of biking the American Tobacco Trail
Kicked off our Mommy/Daughter Spring/Summer 2014 Durham Park Tour with a visit to Herndon Park. We have been to about 10 different parks around the city since then!
Started jogging with Abby in Jonathon's jogging stroller! I even won the Biggest Loser contest at my job. I was down 22 pounds since the new year and up $ 400 with my contest winnings. Win, win all the way around!!
APRIL

Abby got the hang of how to properly make a mad dash for Easter Eggs after going to 5 different Easter Egg hunts! On Easter Sunday she got her very own monogrammed Easter basket from Pottery Barn Kids and then we went to church as a family to celebrate our Risen Savior.

Took a family road trip to Washington DC and enjoyed the historic sites.
Abby enjoyed all the animals at the National Zoo.

Abby and I met up with two of my favorite blogging mamas from Life is Good and Life with J&J for a play date. These two women are near and dear to my heart and I'm so glad the blogging community brought us together!
 MAY

Went to Las Vegas with my line sisters for a girls weekend to celebrate our 10 years of sisterhood!
Trust us to hire a professional photographer to follow us around the Cosmopolitan Hotel to take pictures of us! Pretty Girls Wear Twenty Pearls AND love posing for the camera!
Went to Page Farms for our yearly Strawberry Picking trip and then made some homemade strawberry jam that Abby hand delivered to our neighbors.
My twin sister in laws graduated from high school so Abby got to spend some time in Iowa with her grandparents and bond with her cousin Jazmin! Abby's passport also came in the mail so she is all ready to fly to South Africa/Botswana later this year to be a flower girl in my cousin's wedding!
I hope everyone is doing well! I have been checking in on all your blogs on a weekly basis but just have not been commenting. Once my board exams are done I hope to get back to blogging regularly but I may just stay on Instagram since it's so easy and low maintenance. I LOVE instagram. Feel free to follow me at wifeymommymd! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Abigail Adesuwa is 2!

February 7, 2012 our lives were changed forever when Abigail Adesuwa Mauritz came into this world after 15 hours of labor and 4 long, hard and exhausting hours of pushing. She was worth every bit of it!

Love at first sight

She's 50% mama's girlie girl and 50% daddy's tomboy. Here her girlie side meets big bows and tutus!


The joy of a first time mom. I savored every moment of my maternity leave with my sweet baby girl.

 February 7, 2013 our princess turned 1! We had a first birthday photo shoot in our home in Durham by Red Bridge Photography and celebrated by having dinner and games at the local Chuck E Cheese with just the three of us. The next week we flew to Houston, Texas where Abby had not one but two big birthday bashes. One party was at the Little Gym of Katy with all my mommy friends and their little ones and the other party was at Grandma and Grandpa Ohen's house where Abby was showered with love by all her "hometown"  friends, family and well wishers!

The first of many frilly birthday tutus. I was born to be a girl mama!

Have you ever seen such beauty?!?!

I miss her chunky baby rolls. She looked so darling in her lavender petti romper and pearls.
My how time flies because today Abigail Adesuwa is 2 years old! I've been so emotional all week reflecting on these past two years as a family of three. She has truly brought so much joy to our lives. Lately our house has been filled with much laughter thanks to all of Abigail's funny toddler antics. I don't think Jonathon and I have ever laughed so much in our lives! Yesterday we went to JCPenney to have her two year old portraits done and then tomorrow Abigail and her twinie Mr. IEK will have a joint cowgirl/cowboy birthday party at The Little Gym with all their friends from preschool and church.

The cutest little cowgirl ever trying on her birthday party outfit complete with a pink and brown tutu!

I love this precious girl with every fiber of my being. 

I plan on getting this pose every year! I got one from last year at JCP with "1" and this year I followed up with "2"! The photographer was not happy with me when I used my cell phone to take this pic. Ooops!
I started blogging when I got engaged to Jonathon back in 2009 and this blog has documented my engagement, my wedding, my life as a newlywed, my pregnancy and my life as a first time mom. It is near and dear to my heart, but at this point in my life I am being pulled in so many directions. In addition to the commitments I've mentioned in previous posts (studying for boards, going to the gym, preparing lectures and presentations) I recently decided to become active in my sorority again and join the graduate Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter of Durham as well as get more involved with a mother's group called Triangle Mommies. With all that I have on my plate, something has got to give....After much thought and deliberation I have decided to take a break from blogging and focus on my family, my faith, my career and building a good life here in Durham. I think once the dust has settled later this year I may get back into blogging because I do love documenting the daily life of my precious little family, but for now I bid the blog world adieu.

*I will still be contacting the 5 winners of the Hello Food Nigeria give away once I receive the vouchers from the company!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Day 2014!

Since moving to Durham in 2011 I have been hoping for a snow day! Growing up in Texas there was no snow so imagine my disappointment when I moved to Durham and learned that it only snows once in a blue moon. I've been wanting to make a snow man and a snow angel for a long time and mother nature finally cooperated with me today!

I woke up this morning and looked out my window to see a beautiful winter wonderland! Little did I know that getting out my driveway would be a nightmare. Our driveway slopes up away from our house and unlike my neighbors I didn't think ahead and park on the street the night before the snow fall. My car was covered in snow and it took me a good 20 minutes to scrape all the snow away. Then when I tried to get out of the driveway the wheels spun around but the car went nowhere.... What's a Texas girl to do? I woke up my Iowa born and bred husband. He came out and shoveled the driveway, but the car still didn't go up the slope. I was panicking at that time so I called my attending for the day to let her know that I was running late since by that time I should have already had my operating room set up. Hubby went to the backyard and got a bucket of sand to sprinkle on the driveway. I use to tease him about having random piles of sand, dirt and rocks in our backyard, but his random sand came in handy this morning! The traction from the sand helped the car drive right up the slope and onto the street! I was super late to work, but better late than never!!

Laying down sand on our driveway
Abby wants to be just like her daddy so she was helping to put sand down too!
After I woke Jonathon and Abby up. I threw some winter clothes onto Abby while Jonathon was stumbling around the bedroom waking up (he is NOT a morning person). I took Abster to the front door to get her first glimpse of snow. She was not having it. She took one look at the front yard covered in the weird white stuff and started crying. It took a little convincing but she eventually warmed up to the idea of snow. Benjamin, her uncle, godfather and awesome nanny spent the better part of the afternoon playing out in the snow with her. Abby had a blast! Now that Abby and I have experienced our first snow it can go away. Driving in it is not fun!

My little model!
Determined to go down the slide
Our water and sand table is now a snow table
I love this pic so much I made it my new facebook banner :)
The princess of our little cul de sac

Monday, January 27, 2014

Hello Food Nigeria

Sorry for the delay in posting about the Hello Food Nigeria give away. My life is so busy right now. Anyway Hello Food is an online food delivery website that has branches all over the world. They do food delivery from many different restaurants in several Nigeria cities. Their website says they are "working hard around the clock to make Hellofood the most powerful online tool for food delivery and thus offer you the best online food ordering experience. At Hellofood, we truly believe that ordering food should be easy, fast, reliable and definitely fun! We wanted something simpler, so we made it"


I have some vouchers from hellofood.ng and would love to do a give away. I am so excited about all the companies that are starting to do business in Nigeria! Even my own baby brother has started a juice factory and bottled pure water company in Nigeria named "Mena" after my mom. My beloved birth county has so much potential!

The first five readers to leave a comment with their email address (if you prefer not to leave your email address leave a comment and email me at mauritzfamily@gmail.com so I have your contact info!) will get a 1000 Naira voucher to use on www.hellofood.com.ng! After you have used the voucher please shoot me an email at mauritzfamily@gmail.com letting me know about your experience!

And because no post is complete without pictures of my precious daughter here are some iphone photos and a video from this past week chronicling her love affair with her pet cat!
Taking her kitty and bear out for a stroll around the house

Fur babies in the stroller

Peanut Butter leaped out after this photo and of course Abby chased him down!

Her furry friend is always there for her to lean on!

All I can say is "Poor Peanut Butter" This cat really has a golden temperment to put up with all Abby's toddler shenanigans!